Cybercrime a growing threat in East Africa - CNBC Africa

Cybercrime a growing threat in East Africa

East Africa

by Aviwe Mtila 0

Education around cybercrime and the need for IT security within organisations is needed to protect African businesses. Photo: Flickr.

With cybercrime crippling many businesses across Africa, a recent survey by Kaspersky Lab highlights that 21 per cent of organisations in Kenya are not concerned by the threat.

The survey also shows that education around cybercrime and the need for IT security within organisations is needed to protect East African businesses.

Bethwel Opil, the Channel Sales Manager at Kaspersky Lab, spoke to CNBC Africa about the issues concerning cybercrime in East Africa.

BELOW ARE SOME OF THE POINTS BROUGHT OUT IN THE DISCUSSION AS WELL AS A VIDEO:

“One of the key challenges that is coming out as a major concern is they don’t have dedicated IT equipment to be able to use their network security operations. This is greatly assisted by a lack of funds which is the bottom line for most of the Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises (SME) segment customer base.”

-          Channel Sales Manager at Kaspersky Lab, Bethwel Opil.

“What we’ll see in 2016 and moving forward is a major increase in cyber security incidences. Mainly this will be caused by an increase in a number of users around East Africa and Kenya in particular. We are looking at about 21.6 million users this year.”

-          Channel Sales Manager at Kaspersky Lab, Bethwel Opil.

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“Cost should not be an issue because if you look at the kind of loss an organisation faces compared with the cost of installing good policies and skill conditioned software, it is not comparable.”

-          Channel Sales Manager at Kaspersky Lab, Bethwel Opil.

“For SMEs, and in particular those organisations who have got users of between 10 and 51, who actually form the majority of the market in East Africa, can actually deploy very simple, easy to use, easy to install solutions that do not need an expert.”

-          Channel Sales Manager at Kaspersky Lab, Bethwel Opil.

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